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Monday, May 6, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Wells Fargo Championship

Winner: Derek Ernst

Around the wider world of golf: Bernd Wiesberger won the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour; Esteban Toledo won the Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour; Brett Rumford won for the second week in a row at the Volvo China Open on the ET; Cristie Kerr won the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA; Brendon Todd won the rain-shortened Stadion Classic at UGA on the Web.com Tour; Tim O'Neal won the 66° Arturo Calle Colombian Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and James Kingston won the Investec Royal Swazi Open on the Sunshine Tour.

Derek Ernst

WHO???

That was the reaction of a lot of people when Derek Ernst found his way to the top of the leaderboard at Quail Hollow and then won a playoff against David Lynn. Ernst didn't even know he was going to be in the field at the start of the week. He was on his way to the Web.com event and turned around and came back when he got in as fourth alternate. He even changed rental cars in Georgia to avoid a $1000 charge for dropping the car at a different location.

I don't think he'll have to worry about that kind of thing for a while.

In bad weather that was methodically knocking off the top players like Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney, all Ernst did was birdie two of the last four holes -- one of those birdies coming on the 18th, at the end of the Green Mile, to make the playoff -- and then make a nice clean par on the first playoff hole to seal the deal.

Ernst became the youngest winner on Tour this year. And given that he had stopped over to play a round at TPC Sawgrass -- just in case he got into the PLAYERS next week (he did) -- he may soon become the youngest multiple winner this year.

What else can I say? This week's Limerick Summary salutes the newest member of the PGA Tour -- who, very conveniently, has the kind of name that's perfect for putting in a limerick...
With his life as a golfer unsure,
Our young Derek came up with a cure.
With two birds and a smile
He tore up the Green Mile
And thus Ernst his way onto the Tour.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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